The Kupe oil and gas project comprises three wellheads, a normally unmanned offshore platform, a 30 km pipeline to shore, an onshore production station near Hawera, and oil storage facilities at New Plymouth.
The onshore production station, 12 km west of Hawera, was built to process the raw gas to meet the specification for the main North Island gas transmission system and separate out the light oil/condensate and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The condensate is transported from the onshore production station to Port Taranaki (New Plymouth) for export, while the LPG is sold into the domestic New Zealand market.
Forman Insulation Ltd (FIL) were contracted to supply and install the insulation and cladding of the vessel and tower piping for the onshore production facility which included mineral wool pipe section, mineral wool wired matt, and blanket. A quantity of Polyurethane pipe section was also supplied, which was manufactured at Forman Manufacturing Ltd in Auckland.
Overall the project involved approximately 10 kilometres of mineral wool pipe section and 18,000m2 of mineral wool slab and blanket.
The value of the contracts completed on site, with various clients, was approximately $5.1m and the works took Forman Insulation approximately 70,000 man hours to complete.